Not Another Helmet Debate!

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It’s been far too long since I’ve posted anything on my Fairfax blog. This morning I got back at it and put something together that always attracts a lot of undue attention. The helmet debate.

I normally don’t pay too much attention to these helmet debates. They’re usually just a topic that mainstream media latches onto just like the “bike versus car” debate. However, my indifference to this changed a couple months ago with I received a text message from my friend’s wife telling me he had been in an accident involving a car and he was in intensive care. He wasn’t wearing a helmet. And you know what? This didn’t occur down Beach Road in rush hour traffic or during the finish of a bunch sprint in a race. It was on the peaceful backroads of France where bicycling is supposed to be safe and carefree. It just goes to show that you never know when you could be unlucky and your life can take a drastically different direction.

I’m guessing that many people won’t agree with me on my support for wearing a helmet, but in my experience I’ve seen too many knocks on the head to dismiss it as being a fluke occurrence.

Head on over to any of Fairfax’s online publications and check it out: The AgeSHM, Brisbane Times, and WA Today.

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